Last year the two longest serving UFC champions in history were dethroned. Georges "Rush" St-Pierre gave up his belt when he took an indefinite hiatus from the sport and Anderson Silva was beaten twice in a row by undefeated Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman. Anderson Silva may still be known as the best of all time but all claims like that must be debated. Just because Joe Rogan and Dana White say it, does not make it gospel. Obviously those two voicing an opinion helps, but they are not the Gods of MMA; just an entertaining color commentator and a brilliant businessman turned promotion president.
Anderson Silva holds the longest streak of title defenses of any champion in UFC history. His ten title defenses occurred between 2006 and 2013 and during that time he won several fights against Light Heavyweights, which made his winning streak total 16, another UFC record. While his record is unquestionable, much like his natural skills, there are quite a few ways in which Rush is a better fighter.
This is not to say that GSP would win in a fight. They fought in different weight categories, so that would be an issue. The weight category will not be taken into account and rather we will be taking these fighters on a pound for pound basis. This article isn't meant to denigrate the career of The Spider, but rather to challenge those militant fans who believe him to be some sort of mixed martial arts God-king.
Obviously these points are all up for debate, so get that going in the comments section.
10 GSP Has a Better Record
9 Strikes Per Minute and All Time Strikes Landed
8 Silva Lost Twice to the Same Opponent
7 GSP Still Has Plenty of Time
6 Better Sportsmanship
5 Most Wins Ever in the UFC
3 GSP Never Did This
2 Superior Wrestling
1 Sharper Tactics
Rush is the greatest tactician that the sport of MMA has ever seen. He can pick apart an opponent, land strikes, score flawless takedowns and control the fight from the ground. He controls the fight whether on the floor or standing and strategizes like nobody else in the sport. Silva's greatest assets are his explosive striking and countering but these attributes do not compare to GSP's ability to dissect a fight and come up with multiple strategies to win.
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